A few days ago, I hit a bump in the road with my fitness. I was in my first week of the New Master’s Hammer and Chisel workout program made by Beachbody when I suddenly injured myself. I was on Day 5 of the program doing the workout “Chisel Endurance” when I sprained my ankle doing “Bench Run Ups.” Unfortunately, I was not paying attention and I didn’t have my right foot firmly grounded on the bench when I stepped up. It ended with my leg and much of my body weight coming down hard on my ankle. Not only that, my young daughter saw me do it, and even worse, she heard me exclaim a very naughty word that I won’t repeat here.
So this blog entry is merely a written warning to you all to be careful! I’m going to be ok. It has been 3 days since my mishap and even though I’m still hobbling around, there is a noticeable improvement with my foot. It was mildly bruised and swollen, but my point is not to go on about myself. On the contrary, I want to remind everyone to be careful and in control of every move that you execute during any fitness program, especially ones that have an obvious increased risk when doing them.
Many movements in Hammer and Chisel are complex and require our full attention. Always pay attention to your form and body. Safety, as Sagi says, is “rule number one.” Fitness does not matter if we are careless because we will wind up hurting ourselves and being forced to stop it if we don’t pay full attention. Make sure your bench is always dry stable on the ground. Every exercise movement should be consciously controlled. I am reminded of my Kung Fu Sifu who in every class says to people “pay attention.” In this case, I was only paying attention to going as fast as I could and I wasn’t thinking very much about being careful with each step.
Here is the positive for me, it’s that even though I hurt myself, I recognize that it could have been far worse. It has reminded me once again to be much more cautious.
I had woken up at 5:30am on that day so that I could get this workout in before going to Super Saturday in Denver. I know, of all the days that this could happen! Nevertheless, I still managed to go to Super Saturday. I didn’t do the workouts while there, but I was proud of limping all the way to the event to hear coaches talk about building their businesses.
The last couple days I have remained active by doing Body Beast upper body workouts. I’m glad that I’ve continued working out in some form because it would have been too depressing and too easy to let this be an excuse not to work out. I won’t be able to return to Hammer and Chisel until my foot is fully recuperated. Nonetheless, I will return to it with an enhanced wisdom about what I am doing. I can assure you that I will not make the same mistake again, and I also hope that you all learn from my lesson.
Pay attention, folks! Be careful and always remember, safety first!